NEW ACCREDITATION 

As the sport of field hockey grows, the need for qualified coaches increases as well. The USA Field Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) will provide a standardized curricula developed by some of the most prominent experts in the game. The program will be broken down into four levels:  Level 1 and Level 2 are specifically for development coaches. At Levels 3 and 4, we will offer both a development track and performance track. Please refer to the “New Accreditations” tab to understand your path forward as a coach. Additionally, we suggest that if you are a current accredited coach, you check out the “Current Levels of Accreditation” as we lay out how USA Field Hockey will handle your accreditation.  

In 2016, Phase One of the Coaching Accreditation Plan will include the new Level 1 Online course, Coaching Field Hockey and 10 Level 1 Instructional clinics that will be available to USA Field Hockey coach members.  During the year of 2016, USA Field Hockey will build a Level 2 Online course, as well as a Level 2 Instructional clinic program; both will be available in 2017.  

Phase 2 will begin in 2017, when both the Development and High Performance Programs will become available. A Level 3 Instructional clinic will be built and will become available shortly thereafter. In conjunction with the new curriculum offerings, the accreditation programs have been redesigned as follows:
USA Field Hockey Level 1 Certified Coach = Current Coach Membership with background check, completion of Level 1 Online course (free) and completion of Level 1 Instructional course (fee) 
USA Field Hockey Level 2 Certified Coach = Current Coach Membership with background check, USA Field Hockey Level 1 Certification, completion of Level 2 Online course (fee) and completion of Level 2 Instructional Clinic (fee) 
USA Field Hockey Level 3 Accredited Development Coach = Current Coach Membership with background check, USA FH Level 2 Certified Coach and completion of Level 3 Instructional Clinic (fee) and other evaluation criteria.  
USA Field Hockey Level 3 Accredited High Performance Coach = Current Coach Membership with background check, USA Field Hockey Level 2 Certified Coach, 2-day attendance at National Coaches Forum (fee), successful performance at an Advanced Skills Clinic (fee) and other evaluation criteria.  
USA Field Hockey Level 4 Accredited Development Coach = program will be built out for coaches aspiring to become USA Field Hockey Level 4 Development coaches. Details for those accreditations will not begin until Phase 2.  
USA Field Hockey Level 4 Accredited High Performance Coach = program will be built out for coaches aspiring to become USA Field Hockey Level 4 High Performance coaches. Details for those accreditations will not begin until Phase 2.  
After the completion of the Level 2 online and instructional clinic, individuals will be able to apply to either the USA Field Hockey’s Level 3 Development or Performance pathway.  It is important for our organization to provide additional opportunities for greater growth in the pursuit of higher level coaching as well as a more in-depth study of the athlete development pathway.